Infused Calendula Oil

After distilling dried calendula, I learned that its yield for essential oil is not big.   In fact, it’s typically 0.3%, which means if you take 100lbs of calendula flowers and distill them, you’re going to get one third of a pound of oil.  Not even a whole pound….So, basically, I didn’t get any essential oil, only hydrosol.

What I’ve decided to do in view of this little snag, is to infuse calendula into oil.  It’s a very simple process that can be done a couple of ways.  I chose the longer method.  I have three mason jars full of olive oil with calendula flowers floating about, basking in the sun all day, and will continue to do so for 6 weeks.  Every day I give the jars a shake, shake, shake as I tick another day off the countdown.

The infused oil will be mixed with beeswax to make a couple of different salves, and maybe even some lip balm.


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